Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In Brian Paone's first novel, he chronicles the trials and tribulations of befriending a modern-day rock star. As a die-hard fan of the rock band God Lives Underwater, Brian wins the trust of lead singer David Reilly. This honor comes with its own set of extreme personal highs and devastating shared lows.
During their tumultuous friendship, David fights an extreme battle with drug abuse and depression. Pile on top of all this the throes of a cutthroat music industry and the realization of one's own mortality.
Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts is a novel that convinces the heart of every listener that perhaps dreams are never really finished. Instead, they are passed on from one friend to the next.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 12 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 18, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #433,686 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#6,884 in Biographies of Celebrities & Entertainment Professionals
#20,145 in Composer & Musician Biographies
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I first heard God Lives Underwater in the mid-90s when I recorded "No More Love" off 94.7 KNRK in Portland late one night. I listened to that tape so much that I soon went out and bought the "Empty" album. I had no idea of the story behind this song (and many of the others, for that matter). In fact, there was a lot I didn't know about David Reilly and God Lives Underwater. I'm extremely thankful to Brian Paone for illuminating so much.
Told chronologically and entirely from Brian's point of view, many of the deepest revelations are only uncovered after David's death. It is a heartbreaking yet also heartwarming journey. David Reilly was fortunate to have a friend like Brian.
When David Reilly had passed away in 2005, I had not kept up much on the newest releases, and had lost contact with him. I always felt bad that even though we didn't know each other very well, I had never realized in losing this contact, I would not have the chance again to re-establish it or keep in touch even. The finality of death will do that.
OK, so enough about me personally, now onto this excellent read!
The book starts out with Brian being a big GLU fan and attending a concert close to home. After a chance run in with David, and both of them warming up to each other, Brian would attend any concert he could there after just to spend some time with his frien. He then would go on and transition his relationship from strictly a fan, to both a good friend and a fan all rolled into one.
None of the book reflects any hearsay, or stories from others. It all is written in almost a journal type format, which lends to it's putting your head into exactly where Brian is coming from.
Without spoiling too much, Brian eventually becomes one of David's closest friends, sharing mini vacations together, introducing him to his other friends, and even booking his first solo show for David.
David Reilly sadly had been a drug abuser for a good part of his life, and it was a fight he had expressed to me via instant message, and to Brian through out his life. He also had tremendous sad circumstances involving, his fiancee and an ex-girlfriend to name a few. Something most people in life should never go through, David had the horrible experience of going through more than once.
David Reilly sadly would pass away in 2005 from a tooth infection which domino effected into other medical issues that would put him in a coma, and then pass on. Brian's book is a tribute to not only his good friend David, and his family. But too all fans of the man's musical talent and life. This book served as a sort of closure for the little I knew David, due to losing touch in the previous years to him passing on.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the format it had been written in. If you are a fan of music in general, God Lives Underwater, or David Reilly's solo efforts, this book is a must read. It sheds some light on the man's life, death, and even after death happenings.
While reading this book I had the experience to chat back and forth with Brian online. He is a real class act, and was always willing to answer my questions or give me more details on some of the music and stories I had not known of.
Aesthetics: No Grade due to it being digital, not bound.
(I had the digital copy of this book, the cover was cool and fit the GLU cyberpunk motif, and minus a few typos/formatting errors, it was excellent.)
Length: A+ (Perfect, around 300 pages, a very fast and interesting read.I always looked forward to picking this back up, and had trouble putting it down when my touchpad battery would die, hah.)
Content: A+ (I enjoy that Brian gave first hand knowledge and adventures, and not hearsay or anything he had read online. This book perfectly shows the human side to an amazing musician that most people would have never known about.)
Overall: A+ (It's a nice swan song for one of the best vocalists and musicians of our time. A big thank you to Brian for putting all of this out there for his fans/friends.)
David's lyrics, and singing were very influential for me musically.
That being said, i found this to be a compelling read.
Honestly, I wasn't expecting the superb storytelling contained within.
Having made David's acquaintance once, in Chicago. This got pretty emotional for me at times.
My only disappointment was not reading this sooner.
Thank You, and Nice Work Brian !
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I knew of Brian's friendship with David Reilly of the band God Lives Underwater, through various Facebook posts and chatter on a Facebook group we are both part of. Through this, I also knew the basics of the story. I knew the way it was going to end, but still wanted to know the ins and outs, the ups and downs of their friendship. The ups and downs are generally relating to David's drug addiction problems. You learn of Brian's immense disappointment and fear for his friend and his immense pride and love for him, when he overcomes his addictions and the sadness Brian feels after his friend's death.
Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts starts by following Brian and his friend to a God Lives Underwater gig and Brian's first encounter with David. While standing outside the venue, they spot David and Brian points him out to his friend who dares him to approach. It is a super-fan meets rock-star moment. You hold your breath along with Brian when he speaks to David for the first time and wait for David's response. Part of me expected a cold shoulder or a brush off. You feel the moment the same way Brian did. Great stuff.
From that moment on, a friendship is born and grows throughout the years. Each encounter with David is covered, from the times GLU toured to Brian's neck of the woods, to David's solo show at T.T. the Bear's Place, which Brian and his then-girlfriend were responsible for setting up. With each meeting, the pair's friendship grows stronger and develops into more of a bromance than a friendship.
While reading the book, I became hooked around the death of David's girlfriend, Monica, known to most as Seven. I found this part of the book to be extremely emotive and I was gripped from that moment on. When David plays the solo show at T.T. the Bear's Place, you feel the emotion when he mentions Monica's death before playing the song 'Whatever You've got' and he breaks down. I have to admit that I was so engrossed in the story that I almost broke down too.
The next time that emotion is portrayed so beautifully is when Brian is learning of David's death. Even though I knew what was coming, I felt sick to my stomach while reading about David's death. I could feel the feelings that Brian felt. He captures these moments perfectly for the reader to be immersed in the roller-coaster of emotions he felt when he lost his best friend.
After David's death, Brian strikes up a bond with David's sister Gretchen and nephew Billy. Brian and his friend Mike visit Gretchen and Billy to visit the David's grave and spend time in the area he lived. Without giving away too much, I loved this part of the book a lot and found the things that happened on their visit a mixture of bizarre and fascinating.
After reading Dreams, I felt I knew David Reilly, just as well as Brian grew to know him. I also felt the same sense of loss; after getting to know David and ultimately growing to love him as much as his best friend did, I felt I had lost a friend too. If anything, this is credit to Brian's powerful writing and ability to convey exactly how he felt during the important parts of their friendship. I also feel I got to know Brian better too.
So Brian: Great job, me-han!